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The Matra Sports V12 engine is an automotive internal combustion engine for motor racing and Formula One.

Matra Sports V12 engine
Matra MS12 engine.jpg
The V12 Matra MS12 the MS120
Overview
ManufacturerMatra
Production1968–1982
Powertrain
Engine3000 cc V12

CharacteristicsEdit

This engine has four-stroke petrol twelve-cylinder V-jacketed, open to 60°, aluminum block, water-cooled, with a crankshaft 7 with bearings head camshafts driven by a timing gear 2 aluminum heads OHV.[1]

HistoryEdit

 
V12 Matra - first version

This engine was designed by engineer Georges Martin, who designed the Simca "Poissy engine". Martin joined Matra at the end of 1966 due to Philippe Guédon (who later became CEO of Matra), his former colleague at Simca without knowing what was expected of him. Jean-Luc Lagardère announced that it is responsible to design an engine for Formula One which has to develop 150 horsepower per litre.[2][3]

Partial Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrants Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Points WCC
1968 Matra Sports Matra MS11 Matra V12 D RSA ESP MON BEL NED FRA GBR GER ITA CAN USA MEX 8 9th
  Jean-Pierre Beltoise Ret 8 2 9 Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret
  Henri Pescarolo Ret DNS 9
1970 Equipe Matra Elf Matra MS120 Matra V12 G RSA ESP MON BEL NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA MEX 23 6th
  Jean-Pierre Beltoise 4 Ret Ret 3 5 13 Ret Ret 6 3 8 Ret 5
  Henri Pescarolo 7 Ret 3 6 8 5 Ret 6 14 Ret 7 8 9
1971 Equipe Matra Sports Matra MS120B Matra V12 G RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA 9 7th
  Chris Amon 5 3 Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret 6 10 12
  Jean-Pierre Beltoise 6 Ret 9 7 7 Ret 8
1972 Equipe Matra Sports Matra MS120C
Matra MS120D
Matra V12 G ARG RSA ESP MON BEL FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA 12 8th
  Chris Amon Ret 15 Ret 6 6 3 4 15 5 Ret 6 15

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